Masao Kinoshita draws much of his inspiration from diverse mythologies, religions and folklores from around the globe. Fusing narratives across space and time, the horned maenads of ancient Greece live alongside the Yoga Asura deities of Buddhism in a visceral, animalistic universe where fitness reigns supreme.
Kinoshita’s sculptures stand skinned and erect. Working with materials ranging from wood to resin to bronze, the Japanese sculptor uses an aesthetic we normally associate with natural history museums to render athletic, flexing creatures of the sea and land.
Joel Morrison was born in Seattle, Washington in 1976. He received a BA in English Literature at Central Washington University, and an MFA in sculpture at the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.
Morrison’s composite sculptures fuse found objects and histories of artistic discourses into a dialogue of polymorphous forms through a variety of cast metals. With their gleaming surfaces in nickel, stainless steel or bronze, Morrison juxtaposes various genres and processes creating a tension on the surface. The purity of form at the intersection between conceptualism and formalism gradually reveals an amalgam of shapes and textures.
Romain Langlois studied medical books and anatomical charts to understand the human body, building his first sculptures using only plaster and clay. Seeking a more permanent material, Langlois turned to bronze, a metal he now incorporates into works that are inspired by nature rather than man. His pieces visually pull apart the natural objects that surround us—building works that appear as bisected rocks, boulders, and tree trunks. These sculptures showcase glistening bronze protruding from their insides, unleashing the perceived inner energy of each object.
Kneip is a craft, design and art studio founded by Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud that creates its inspiration from nature and objects with artisanal processes.
All sets are handmade. For years, the designers have worked on metals to note the formal qualities of steel, brass or copper and the way they behave over time with certain chemicals or colors.
Kneip aims to do unique projects along with the web shop. Jørgen and Stian work in a wide range of expressions and techniques, and wants Kneip to be moving towards a meeting point between art, design and craftsmanship.
The collection Pat.vol 1 shows the results of these experiments inspired by nature, climate and geometry. Kneip offers an experimental design with a number of ornamental objects that show the effects on metal.